Alfalfa seeds contain stachydrine and homostachydrine, which promote
menstruation and in some cases can lead to miscarriage.
seeds can have an effect on cholesterol levels.
Alfalfa contains saponins. Results indicate that some dietary
saponins may reduce iron absorption and hence have an adverse effect on iron
status in man and simple-stomached animals.
alfalfa contains vitamin K, it may be wise to avoid taking it if you have heart
or blood disorders or are taking a medication such as Warfarin.
cause stomach upset and diarrhea. Discontinue its use and inform your physician
if the diarrhea and upset stomach does not go away.
eating alfalfa seeds, because they contain relatively high levels of the toxic
amino acid canavanine. Ingesting large quantities of alfalfa seeds over a long
period of time may lead to pancytopenia, a blood disorder that causes the
deterioration of both platelets, responsible for blood clotting, and white
blood cells, which fight infections.
contains saponins, chemicals thought to destroy red blood cells. Anyone
suffering from anemia should use alfalfa only under the direction of an
herbalist or a licensed healthcare professional.
has been known to aggravate lupus and other autoimmune disorders. The
canavanine in alfalfa is believed to reactivate this disease in some people who
are in remission. If you have an autoimmune problem, avoid this herb.